Employment Advisory

Employment issues go to the heart of an organisation. They are often highly sensitive and personalised. It is not enough for your lawyers to know the law, they must also be able to find solutions to difficult situations and ensure the results are in tune with your commercial objectives and culture.

We aim to act as an extension of your in-house capabilities, whether we’re providing guidance on a particularly tricky matter, managing a long-term HR issue or simply providing the reassurance of a second opinion.

The HR advisory services we provide to clients include:

  • Recruitment, offer letters, pre-employment checks and references
  • Contractual drafting, including bespoke contracts for senior executives, bonuses and remuneration provisions
  • Consultancy and secondment arrangements (domestic and overseas)
  • Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Family friendly workplace issues
  • Sickness absence and performance management
  • Whistleblowing
  • Confidentiality provisions

We also advise on:

  • Discrimination at work
  • Employee terminations and LLP member exits 
  • Restrictive covenants and team moves
  • Corporate governance, including gender pay gap reporting
  • Financial regulatory issues, including the Senior Managers & Certification Regime
  • Data privacy
  • TUPE and corporate restructuring
  • Labour disputes, industrial action and collective bargaining


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"Thoughtful and reflective but commercial in application. Able to apply creative and pragmatic solutions to situations."

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"Macfarlanes has a strong employment law practice with strength and depth in the team. Their advice is reliably insightful and well thought through. They are a trusted partner to our business."

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